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Specialty & Technique Guitar Classes

Go beyond the basics and learn the nuts and bolts of music.

If you can already play guitar, now it's time to get into the groove. With the guidance of our expert teaching artists, expand your skills and repertoire to open the wide world of guitar beyond the basics.

For intermediate players and beyond, open to students who have completed the Guitar 2 level and above. (If you're not sure where your skills fit in, visit our placement quiz.)

We suggest all guitar students consider starting with Guitar Fingerboard Theory, if you want to work on lead guitar or eventually write your own songs. It's a great primer into a wider world of musicianship.

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles

WorkshopIntermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Location: Online

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $169 ($149 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

British Rock Songbook

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Intermediate

Monday or Wednesday with Chris Winters or Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in your musical journey.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar 4Ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

RPA Ensemble

Advanced

Thursday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Heroes of Flatpicking

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $$214 ($$194 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

This class alternates every session with Blues Fingerstyle 2. Mark your calendar and be sure to sign up next session.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Take the fingerpicking, rhythms and regional styles of the country Blues you've learned in level 1, and concentrate on open tunings and bottleneck slide in level 2.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Explore different aspects of Acoustic Blues a different decade each session.

Location: Online

Lead Guitar Soloing Basics

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1 Repertoire

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Beatles Fingerstyle

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $103 ($93 members)

Let your fingers become the Fab Four

Location: Online

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

This class is a hybrid offering - students may attend either in person or by Zoom.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fingerpicking Repertoire

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Location: Online

Pop Guitar Techniques & Arrangement

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

If you feel like it's time to add a few bells and whistles to your playing, then this is the class for you.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Location: Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Jazz Guitar 1

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Jazz Guitar 1.5

Intermediate

Saturday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Jazz guitar mastery is a lifelong journey and we invite you to repeat level as much as necessary before moving on to Jazz Guitar 2.

Location: Online

Jazz Guitar 2

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Jazz Guitar 4ever

Advanced

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

An ongoing class in the advanced study of Jazz for the guitarist.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Let's get melodic

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Continuing Slide & Fingerstyle

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Electric Slide Guitar

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Guitar Fingerboard Theory 2

Advanced

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

From Chords to Riffs

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Arranging and Chart Making: Using Practical Music Theory and Apps

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Creative Scale Practice 1

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Crushing Chord Transitions for Ukulele and Guitar

WorkshopIntermediate

Tuesday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Minimize the frustration with chords and sail smoothly through your songs!

Location: Online

Fingerpicking Classic Chicago Blues

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Fingerpicking Guitar - Beyond Basic Picking Patterns

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Fundamental Fingerpicking Accompaniment

Intermediate

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Instrumental Freddie King: Hideaway and All The Rest!

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Irish Accompanist Guitar Styles

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

BB King: The King of the Blues

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Argh! Barre Chords!

WorkshopIntermediate

Tuesday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Your fingers and favorite songs will thank you!

Location: Online

Nathan Salsburg Guitar Workshop: Between the Fanciful and the Functional

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Wednesday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $40 ($35 members)

Location: Online

Return To Guitar

Open to All

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Strumming Rhythms

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 04/25/2022 – 06/19/2022

Monday 03/21/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Tuesday 04/05/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 04/06/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/20/2022 – 08/14/2022

Monday 05/16/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Tuesday 05/31/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/01/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 08/29/2022 – 10/23/2022

Monday 07/11/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/25/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/27/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/24/2022 – 12/18/2022

Monday 09/19/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/03/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/05/22: Open registration


Teachers

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